Tour Guatemala Espléndida

ITINERARY:

A 08 -day and 07 -night tour (with a flexible schedule) of Guatemala’s highlights.
This package gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in everything this mystical land has to offer.

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DAY 1:

Arrival, Pick Up, Hotel, Welcome Dinner.
You arrive at Guatemala’s La Aurora International Airport. A pre-arranged transfer collects you from the airport and takes you to a nearby hotel. Relax and wind down before your official Welcome Dinner.

DAY 2:

Antigua, Mira Flores Museum, Mayan Archeological Site, National Museum.
A tour of Guatemala City takes you to the Miraflores Museum which is on the archeological site of the ancient Mayan city of Kaminalijuyu. The museum has one of Guatemala’s finest archeological collections. You will also have the opportunity to visit the National Museum, Railway Museum and the city’s Central square.
After the tour you head to the beautiful UNESCO listed city of Antigua which is only an hour’s drive from the capital. Antigua’s charming colonial streets are full of history, culture and beautiful architecture.

DAY 3:

Village Tour, History of Antigua.
The day starts with a fascinating tour of the villages surrounding Antigua where you will learn more about their history and culture.
In the afternoon you will explore the history of Antigua’s most important buildings which will help you to put modern Guatemala in context.

DAY 4:

Pacaya, Marshmallows, Lake Atitlan, Drinks, Relax.
Marshmallows at the ready! Your Pacaya adventure starts here!
Pacaya is the most accessible of Guatemala’s three active volcanoes. The climb has a reasonable level of difficulty and the whole trip takes about 5 hours from start to finish.
In the afternoon you’ll head to Panajachel and stunning Lake Atitlan. Here you can recover from your adventure and enjoy a relaxing drink and meal overlooking one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

DAY 5:

Atitlan Tour, San Juan La Laguna, San Juan La Laguna, San Marcos La Laguna.
Wake up to sunrise over Atitlan’s sparkling blue water before starting a tour of the main villages surrounding the lake.

San Juan La Laguna is a tranquil village where you can buy local arts and textiles along with glimpsing the processes behind the local production of coffee and natural dyes. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local organization that promotes organic agriculture. Here you will be able to try their fresh produce and sample some of the wonderful local dishes.

San Juan La Laguna is a Mayan village that is home to the largest and oldest church in Tzu’tujil territory. It was the pre-Colombian capital of the Tzu’tujil people and has a weaving center and museum. The museum explains the history and tradition of backstrap loom-weaving and the traditional dress of the Tzu’tujil.

San Marcos La Laguna is the last stop on the tour and gives you the opportunity to experience some meditation and relaxation.
The trip offers a day of culture and color in the backdrop of Atitlan’s outstanding natural beauty.

DAY 6:

Breakfast, Xela, Drinks, Relax.
After a delicious breakfast, you travel north to Guatemala’s second city and cultural heart, Quetzaltenango. Affectionately known as Xela (Shay-la), and with over 50% of the population Mam-Mayan, Quetzaltenango is unofficially known as the capital of Mayan Guatemala.
Quetzaltenango is also the main center for Spanish learning in the country. On arriving in Xela, you will have time to settle in to your hotel and get some rest. Later in the evening you will tour the city’s main bars and experience some of Xela’s history and culture.

DAY 7:

First Catholic Church in Central America, Fuentes Georginas (hot springs).
Seeing the first Catholic church in Central America is just part of a wonderful day of living history.
Fuentes Georginas is your first stop and gets your day off to an energized start. These clear blue
hot springs are heated by the Zunil volcano which gives its name to the nearby Mayan Quiche
village and your next stop. A visit to the community of Zunil will give you a great insight into the
local way of life which is completely reliant on farming to survive.
The afternoon involves the magnificent colonial church tour of Salcajá and San Andres Xecul.
Salcajá is home to the first Catholic church to be founded by the Spanish in Central America. Just
20 minutes from Xela, it’s also famous for its local tipple «Caldo de Frutas», a sweet eggnog style
drink that you can taste for yourself.
San Andres Xecul is home to something truly special. Also close to Xela, its famous yellow church
is a stunning mix of colonial Catholicism and Mayan symbolism. The combination creates a
wonderfully vibrant facade that captures the unique and rich culture of Guatemala.
It’s a great day of history and all within an hour’s drive of Xela.

DAY 8:

The Journey Home.
Your final day starts in Xela as you travel back to either Guatemala City or Antigua as the stop
off before your flight home.

Price: $1200.00 USD

THE TRIP INCLUDES:
• 12 nights of accommodation in a private room (single, double or triple rooms) with an en-suite bathroom and hot water.
• All transfers (Guatemala City – Flores one way)
• Entry to all pre-booked activities
• Local guides at each destination
• 24-7 contact via telephone, Whatsapp and email.

THE TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:

• International flights
• Personal travel insurance
• Access to activities not on the itinerary
• Meals and drinks
• Personal expenses
• Transference fee bank

TRIP ADVICE

• Hold a passport that is valid for at least six months.
• We advise you to take a large suitcase or backpack and a smaller bag for day to day use.
• Take a variety clothing suitable for the different environments you will be going to.
• The national currency is the Quetzal and we advise you to check currency conversion rates before travel.
• ATMs are easy to access in major towns like Antigua, Guatemala City and Xela but be aware that many places do not accept credit card or debit card. It is therefore a good idea to carry some cash for small purchases.